Beauty drop-out

Let me tell you a little story about a woman who walked into Boots today and had a complete brain freeze (read silent panic attack)! A woman who used to fly around the world with a make-up bag full of Dior, Benefit and Clarins, who every day had her make-up as perfect as she could, nails done, eyebrows waxed and roots never showing.

Slightly off my usual topic but in a way it is kind of related. You see I like to make pretty things and spend hours pouring over pictures of fabrics and handmade items and quilts, but one thing I have neglected is to make myself pretty!

Beauty haul

These days it’s all about saving time and getting out of the door as quickly as possible, after all it’s not just me I’m getting ready anymore. So it’s tinted moisturiser, a quick brush of bronzer and a lick of mascara. Hairdressers are booked bi-annually and nails are trimmed short! Don’t get me wrong I’m happy(ish) with this arrangement, I certainly wouldn’t change being a mum for anything in the world and yes I’ll be honest I would rather spend money on fabric, but when did I get so lazy!??

We have a family wedding on Saturday, Mabel will be a Flower Girl so all the stops need to be pulled out. Hence the trip to Boots. A lovely make-up assistant took pity on me wandering aimlessly around with the pushchair feeling completely lost and out of my depth! Deep down I’m thinking I don’t want to spend a load of money for something that after Saturday will probably sit in my poor old make-up bag and rot, but at the same time I want to look nice and like I’ve made the effort.

I only realised how bad I’d got when after a 5 hour drive up to a family wedding in Yorkshire last August I had come all the way without a scrap of any eye shadow or eye liner and had to make to do with my “day-to-day look”. My family of course love me and I didn’t say anything but it’s at that moment then I felt like I’d let myself down. I have become the cliché of a mum, comfy jeans, converse and messy bun. It’s comfy and definitely more practical and it makes me happy, but it’ll be nice to put on some lipstick and look a bit like the old me for the day!

Can we achieve it all as mum’s? Can we have the perfect house, the perfect look and perfectly dressed child? Some women can! I think this mama will have to make do with her jeggings, scruffy bun and an extra hour to a bit of sewing. Even if it does mean I make a bit of a fool of myself in front of the young girl behind the make-up counter at Boots! Having said that I think I will start to claim myself back a bit and be less mum, I just need to find the right balance!

So please, if you have any tips on how to achieve it all, or if you have some great make-up tips for busy people please comment below!

Anyway I managed to get some bits in the end, being a sucker for packaging the majority was from Soap and Glory as sadly my budget doesn’t stretch to Benefit. I’ve had an experiment with the look and hoping I don’t look too clown like. Just to even out the balance again I bought myself a pair of “mom” jeans from Primark, I’m happy to accept I’m no longer in my 20’s and will wear my “mum uniform” with pride.

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Happy Birthday Mum

On Sunday my beautiful mama turned 70! It seemed only right they I made her a birthday rosette, I’m not sure if she was too thrilled to wear it but she humored me by doing so.

My original plan had been to make her a quilt. I had found the most beautiful pattern which was an Art Deco style by Slo Studio in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. However my lack of confidence told me I couldn’t do it. Not only that time was definitely an issue especially as the last few months have been full of some severe sleep deprivation! Hourly wake ups anyone?? Finally my mum is an expert quilter and I figured she probably doesn’t need another quilt!

Stacey-Lee-OMalley - LPQ Art Deco Quilt
The quilt I wanted to make for mum

Instead I thought I’d make something useful. She is at the hospital for chemo treatments every week and she loves to do some EPP (like mother like daughter) so I decided to make a fold-up sewing folio by Aneela Hoey. I have already made 3 of these cases now (although sorry I’ve not blogged about them yet!) and I really enjoy the process.

Fold-up sewing folio

Fold-up sewing folio

Fold-up sewing folio

Fold-up sewing folio

As a special little touch I added little a little hexie zip charm to each zip. A perfect place to hold all her sewing and epp tools. The case I made for myself I use all the time and it’s so handy!

70th birthday cake

Normally I jump at the chance to make a cake, but as this was a very special occasion I decided to pass on the responsibility to a professional, and boy am I glad I did! Look how stunning this cake is! It kind of makes me never want to make a cake again and just get Gina’s Cakery to do it! If you live in the Reading area I highly recommend her!

I will finish this post with a little bit of soppiness. My mum is the most amazing woman, she has been and is going through so much, and she still keeps smiling and going on for us all. She has been on continuous chemo treatments for the last 3 years and this is the third time the cancer has come back and yet she keeps fighting. I think it helps she has a certain little grand-daughter to fight for. We love you very much mum and appreciate everything you do for us despite what you’re going through, and that you’re still fighting this horrid battler! #cancersucks

Mum and me
Me and mum many moons ago


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Happy Easter!

Momiji Doll

I hope you’re having a lovely Easter! We’ve been busy this weekend celebrating my mum’s 70th birthday that was yesterday (blog post for that coming soon). So today as it’s cold and wet we’re snuggled up indoors watching Disney films and eating chocolates and birthday cake!

I had this little bunny bag on my to make list forever and I finally got around to making it and filling it with dairy free treats for Mabel.

Little bunny treat bag

Little bunny treat bag

Little bunny treat bag with momiji chick

It was so quick and fun to make I wish I’d made more! You can find the pattern here if you want to make your own.

I’ve been trying to get better at organising. I find myself stressing in the middle of the night or very early hours so it’s time I take my already excessive list making up a notch! 😃 Of course more food is involved I mean it is Easter after all! Loving my new Cath Kidston cup and plate 🐰

I’ve been so busy I’ve not had any time to do any Easter baking which is a shame maybe I will make up for it soon.

Happy Easter to you. Let’s hope spring properly gets here soon!


Etsy Sale!

Exciting news for this Easter! I’ve reopened the shop and am having a sale! 20% of everything. Prices have already been adjusted to so you don’t need to add a code, ends midnight Tuesday 3rd April. See below for a little taster of what is on offer. Click here to shop or on the shop link at the top of the page. Items are ready to ship and will be posted Wednesday 4th April.

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Fabric diet fail..

At the start of 2018 I made the resolution to go on a “Fabric diet”, it didn’t necessarily mean I couldn’t buy any fabric but I definitely had to rein in my spending and use up my over-growing stash. I wasn’t completely unrealistic I knew there would be certain fabrics I would need to help use up my stash mainly a white solid.

But like all good diets there are occasions when you fall off the wagon! Firstly was the Sloth fabric from Cloth and Candy I missed out on this last time and was so disappointed, so when I saw it was back in stock I had to break the diet and get a metre of it! I do have plans for this though, it’s going to become a large Makers Tote, you can see the smaller version I made here.

The other sweet fabrics were from Pretty Fabric and Trims and are by Lauren Nash for Penny Rose Fabrics. As soon as I saw Lauren post the picture of her new collection I knew there would have to be another break in the diet! I’ve decided to break this up into a few purchases though and this is part 1! Easier to sneak past the husband this way and will mean more happy mail days!

Of course there are many more fabrics I’m lusting after but I’m determined to be good! Have you seen the Ombre Metallic Confetti by Moda!? Pretty much anything by Cotton and Steel and Heather Ross are also on the wishlist too.

What fabrics are you dreaming of at the moment? What do you do to bust your stash?

I mean seriously how could I resist this sweet fabric!?


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Happily Ever After SAL – Robin Hood

It has just occurred to me as I await the arrival of June’s pattern for the Happily Ever After sew along that I never shared with you my completed blo​ck for May!​

Robin Hood! Such a cute little block. I can’t believe we are almost halfway through this already. If you’re undecided about starting a Frosted Pumpkin Sew Along I highly recommend it. Not only are they super cute they are a nice easy stitch that you can fit in with your other projects. I can’t actually believe that I’ve managed to keep up this time!

If you think back to 2 years ago and the Storytime Sampler, well I am still working on that one, and just yesterday finished block 6 – Peter Pan. The plan is to get them both finished by the end of the year have them framed and put in Mabel’s room but I will try not to put myself under too much pressure to do that. SO many projects and SO little time!!


Instagram Giveaway

On Monday my husband celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary. To help celebrate that I have a little giveaway on my Instagram page.

In the UK the theme for four years is fruit and flowers, so here are four little treats with a lovely floral theme.

If you fancy having go at bagging yourself these then hop on over to Instagram. Apologies to those readers who do not have Instagram, I will have a giveaway on the blog soon. A winner will be announced Friday 18th May at 8pm BST. Good luck!!

P.s How can it be four years already!??